Australian Athletics Championships – Day 5 – Evening Session

Guess what!? The rain cleared…

Just messing. It got worse. Way worse!

Still, the show must go on.

Jack Mogensen was a dominant force in the Men’s U14 javelin, taking home the gold medal, in what was tricky conditions throughout the day!

The Women’s Open heptathlon finished with Celeste Mucci third on 3253 points and Rachel Limburg sixth on 2955 points. The girls will be back tomorrow for the long jump, javelin throw and 800m.

In the U20 division of the Women’s heptathlon, Anna Bush finished the day well placed in second with 2945 points after finishing her 200m in 25.87s.

The Women’s Open hammer throw saw both Gabrielle Neighbour and Julia Bourke qualify with distances of 55.71m and 52.03m respectively.

Nick Hum was far too strong in the Men’s ambulant long jump, dominating his competitors with a distance of 7.11m and a percentage of 93.55!

With the track at max dampness the Men’s U15 800m (finals) competitors strolled out and assumed their positions. From the gun going off it was a great battle between NSW and Victoria with NSW getting the edge over Nicholas O’Brien who settled for a solid silver medal with a time 2:01.4is. Fellow statesman Connor Ogilvie wasn’t far off with a bronze medal time of 2:04.73s.

Zoe Woods held her nerves in the Women’s U15 800m final with a great bronze medal result. With NSW breathing down her neck with 20m to go, an unfortunate slip ended NSW but ensured Woods of a podium finish!

In the Men’s U15 800 final it was WA and SA who led the charge, with Ethan Grills holding firm in third position to grab the bronze medal with a time of 2:11.47s!

The Women’s U14 800m was a seriously close contest with ACT coming out of nowhere to snatch the victory off NSW! Dee Dee Deng held strong to grab a bronze medal with a time of 2:16.20s!

Spencer Anderson held off a fast moving pack behind him to grab himself a bronze medal in the Men’s U16 800m with a time of 2:00.75s.

The girl with the best name to say out loud Gigi Maccagini, was successful in her quest to become National Champion in the Women’s U16 800m final, cruising home to victory with a time of 2:13.42s!

The relays for the evening featured both the Men’s and Women’s U16 teams, and it was the Women (featuring Adora Arch, Abbey Bradley-Power, Mali Neale and Mietta Russell) who got the ball rolling with a clutch win that went down to the wire. For the Men’s team (featuring Antonio Vaitohi, James Thomas, Daniel Doyle and Melvin Monleh) it was an awesome start at the first change, but a mishap at the final change made for a silver medal finish and not a gold. An opportunity missed for the lads…

Morgan Mitchell made things look easy in her 400m heat. Doing what needed to be done and qualifying through to the next round with a time of 53.42s.

Luke Stevens was exactly the same. Made things look super simple and cruised home, qualifying with a time of 48.47s. Will Johns looked just as comfortable in a heat with Steve Solomon (NSW) crossing the line in 49.13s. Johns will now meet Stevens in the semi-final tomorrow night,

In the Men’s Open 800m, Luke Mathews was textbook, sitting amognst the group then pushing his way to qualify first with a time of 1:49.37s. Wanted none of the weather (can you blame him!?) and made a beeline for the underpass as soon as he crossed the line! Alex Rowe was solid sitting in second most of the way then making a little break at the end to qualify first for his heat with a time of 1:50.00s.

After a day of competition for the Men’s U20 decathlon, it’s Gary Haasbroek who leads with 3,708 points, ahead of Matthew Harcourt (3542 points) and Michael Cann (3527 points). Barely anything splitting the three Victorian mates, which means tomorrow will go down to the wire.

Sebastien Reyneke was victorious in his Men’s U17 decathlon! Dominating for the majority of the event, Reyneke finished off strongly in the javelin with a distance of 42.30m to ensure the gold medal was his.

In the Women’s 1500m heat, Zoe Buckman looked very comfortable, sitting second for the majority of the race which was settled as an Indian-file after one lap. Finished with a qualifying time of 4:22.67s. Linden Hall was very similar to Buckman. Knew what needed to be done and went about the race in true ‘heat’ fashion, leading the whole way, and grabbing the qualifying spot with a time of 4:24.33s.

For a full list of (Day 5 evening session) results click here.